I enjoy the Hell's Eight series. The first book in this series Caine's Reckoning is one of my favorite books. Tucker's Claim just was not as good. It certainly had potential. I love the idea of a pacifist falling in love with a Texas Ranger. The fact that he is an Indian adds even more conflict to the story. Placing it in in the Wild West where might makes right is even better. Put all these things together an you have the making of a great story. The problem is Sally Mae. The heroine is a Quaker and speaks in the most annoying way. Thee and Thy all over the place including when the couple is getting romantic. It is very distracting. Additionally the conflict never really materialized. I never really felt like they were fighting for or against anything.
I would still recommend this if you are a fan of the series. It just is not her best work.
The story line seemed forced. Sally Mae was portrayed as too proper to become involved in an "inappropriate" (For the time and setting) relationship. While Tucker is a likable character he seemed to give up his "violent ways" a little too easily.
It certainly isn't horrible and if you are looking for a spicy story without putting much thought into the plot, it is a good read. This is just not one of Sarah's better stories. I have read several of her others stories, but the plot seemed thin and the dialog was too forced due to Sally Mae's unique speech.
This was the first book I'd read by this author, and while this book had its moments, overall I felt the plot was very thin at best. The author seemed to repeat herself over and over about how Sally Mae was too pious and good for Tucker, and how Tucker was just too "Indian" for Sally Mae. If you cut out all the paragraphs she put in about that, the book would have been about 100 pages shorter.
I also felt that Sally Mae was an extremely hypocritical character. One minute, she is talking about her faith and how she can't be with Tucker because he's "just too violent", and the next, she's having down and dirty sex with him (& a bunch of "toys") and becoming pregnant outside of marriage. Huh? I also found the author's use of "thee" and "thou" in Sally Mae's vocabulary to be cumbersome to the story- I found myself having to re-read things because of that. I guess it was supposed to have made her seem more Puritan or something, but I just found it to be irritating.
I guess if you're into this series, this one would get you into the next one. Not sure if I'd bother with this series again, though.
Sally Mae's speech was annoying. I think it didn't seem real because in her thoughts, she doesn't really talk like that.
The book was okay, not horrible but not great. I don't mind the S&M stuff but Sally Mae's "wild side" seemed forced and didn't suit her character at all. Just not believeable. On top of that I'm not sure the use of toys, clamps, body piercings, and plugs really fit into the old west theme. McCarthy should have stuck with bondage and spankings. The S&M stuff came kind of suddenly. With Sally Mae being so sexually innocent, I'm not sure she would be willing to jump into that so quickly and abruptly.
Tucker was cool though.
A little disappointed but will continue to read the series.
Tucker takes one look at Sallie Mae and stakes his claim. When the widow accepts, she believes it's for one night only, but their passion runs wild and deep. As a half-breed Indian, Tucker has no rights to a white woman and any relationship they may have would cause nothing but heartache and ruin, or worse, for both of them.
Tucker's violent life and Sallie Mae's peaceful ways are in direct conflict. She is a spunky woman and never backs down from him. This is one wicked, hot read as Sallie Mae discovers more about her sexuality.
As with the other books in the series, other members of Hell's Eight play a big part of the story. Great storytelling, fiery heroines, swoon-worthy alpha heroes, and desperados of all types: What else could you ask for?
sarah mccarty is awesome! i love every book i've read by her.
This book is a continuation of the Hell's Eight Series and I have loved them all so far.
Tucker's story is as individual as he is and as with the other two rangers in this series
so far his story is fast paced and you will want to keep reading, without break to the end.
Tucker falls for Sally Mae and it is not an easy relationship that they have, but really what relationship worth having is? They are very different people from very different backgrounds but they are soul mates and must try to overcome very difficult circumstances to have a chance together.
Altogether this is another great book by Sarah McCarty. She is one of my KEEP Authors.
I really love her writing.